Monthly Archives: February 2010

Lent: Part 5

Oscar-Nominated Short Films – Live-Action (2009)

  • Kavi – Go see this. You can feel better about yourself because you’re aware that bad things happen to people out there. That’s all you need to do: everything you did for poor people after you saw Slumdog Millionaire.
  • The New Tenants – The quintessential short film/one-act play: an observer or observers look on as a story is told to them or acted out in front of their bewildered eyes. There is some death, heroin, ballroom dance, and the audience is given a recipe for cinnamon buns.
  • Miracle Fish – Bleh. I hate short films about children having a hard time.
  • The Door – Holocaust Film will not be appearing tonight. Tonight, the role of Depressed Historical Drama will be played by Chernobyl Memoir.
  • Instead of Abracadabra (Istället för abrakadabra) – Scandinavians With Daddy Issues will be making its usual appearance, however. And as always, it will be pretty damn funny.

Lent: Part 4

Oscar-Nominated Short Films – Animated (2009)

  • French Roast – Hey, be nice to poor people, y’all, ’cause they might be secretly rich or something.
  • The Lady and the Reaper (La dama y la muerte) – Sad old ladies who want to die are so hilarious.
  • Wallace and Gromit in ‘A Matter of Loaf and Death’ – It’s always good to see Wallace and Gromit. This may be their best yet.
  • Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty – This is my pick to win, though I’m sad and afraid that it might not win. Is there some way I could just hug all of Ireland? Someone set that up for me, please.
  • Partly Cloudy* – Another perfectly charming Pixar contribution. This isn’t nominated, but it’s okay, since Pixar is going to win Best Animated Feature.
  • Runaway* – Canadians are second only to Russians when it comes to disorienting, vaguely sad animation.
  • The Kinematograph* – Pretty, but insubstantial. I rather resent blatant manipulation like this, especially when it isn’t actually backed up with a story.
  • Logorama – This is either a poignant critique of western culture, or a one-note joke. Either way, it made its point in the first couple of seconds and went on and on from there. 16 minutes, but it feels like a lifetime.